pc data migration from old to new pc

 

moving personal files from one PC to another

When you recover data for a customer, remember to look for user files in the following:
  • C:\ (many times they store stuff in the root directory. actually, it can be all over!)
  • IE favorites and Mozilla Firefox bookmarks
  • desktop
  • check C:\Program Files\ directories for user files. Sometimes (especially in windows 3.1 and 9x, data gets stored not just in My Documents, but somewhere under the program's directory tree itself. you get to dig it out.
  • My Documents and subfolders. Note: we will get to My Pictures, My Music, and My Videos later! those are special folders and must be copied separately. trying to copy them will cause a copy failure. do not copy the desktop.ini or thumbs.db files.
  • My Music and subfolders. do not copy the desktop.ini or thumbs.db files.
  • My Videos and subfolders. do not copy the desktop.ini or thumbs.db files.
  • My Pictures and subfolders. do not copy the desktop.ini or thumbs.db files.

some file extensions to look for that you may not be expecting:

  • filenames with no extension. these are probably Microsoft Works files or worse, Sanyo Easywriter files. if indeed microsoft works is installed, rename them so they end in .WPS because they are probably word processor documents. If this is an old Sanyo PC with 2 floppy drives, this is probably .EZF files or files with no extension at all. rename those to .txt and edit them with Notepad, deleting the paragraph character.
  • [word processor documents] .wps, .wks, .wcs, .wdb, .doc, .txt, .sdw, .odf, .odt, .ott, .sxw, .stw, .rtf, .stw, .vor, .xml, .pdb, .psw, .uot, .docx, .docm, .pptx, pptm, .dotx, .dotm, .xlsx, .xlsm, .xltx, xltm, .xlsb, .xlam, .potx, .potm, .ppam, .ppsx, .ppsm, .wp, .wp{, .wp}, [pdf] .pdf, [music] .m4a, .m4p, .mp4, .mp3, .ogg, .wma, .wmv, .asx, .wav, .mid, .rmi, [video] .mp4, .mpg, [images] .jpg, .jpeg, .jpe, .jfif, .j2k, .png, .tif, .tiff, .targa, [archives] .tgz, .tar.gz, .tar.bz2, .tar, .gz, .bz2, .7z, .zip, .rar, .lha, .arj, [source code] .pas, .res, .rc, .obj, .o, .a, .lib, .hxx, .cxx, .c, .cpp, .cc, .h, makefile,, .cmd, .bat .sql, [cd images] .iso, .cue, .img, .imz, .ncd,
9x/ME:
C:\Windows\Desktop
C:\Windows\Favorites
C:\My Documents
C:\My Documents\My Pictures  (there may be no such folder)
C:\My Documents\My Music  (there may be no such folder)
C:\My Documents\My Videos  (there may be no such folder)
NT:
c:\winnt\profiles\[my user name]\Favorites
c:\winnt\profiles\[my user name]\Desktop
C:\WINNT\Profiles\[my user name]\My Documents
C:\WINNT\Profiles\[my user name]\My Documents\My Pictures
C:\WINNT\Profiles\[my user name]\My Documents\My Videos  (this may not exist)
C:\WINNT\Profiles\[my user name]\My Documents\My Music  (this may not exist)

XP/2000:
C:\Documents and Settings\[my user name]\Favorites
C:\Documents and Settings\[my user name]\Desktop
C:\Documents and Settings\[my user name]\My Documents
C:\Documents and Settings\[my user name]\My Documents\My Pictures
C:\Documents and Settings\[my user name]\My Documents\My Videos  (this may not exist)
C:\Documents and Settings\[my user name]\My Documents\My Music
Vista/7?:
C:\users\[my user name]\Favorites
C:\users\[my user name]\Desktop
C:\users\[my user name]\Documents
C:\users\[my user name]\Pictures
C:\users\[my user name]\Videos
C:\users\[my user name]\Music

Bookmarks:

If they have Mozilla Firefox, you will need to export the bookmarks to an HTML file and re-import them into firefox later. There may be other browsers to work with too. some use Opera, some use Netscape, some use Safari, some use Google Chrome (the safest browser). Or all of the above.

Some companies are still using NT from what I saw several years ago. They may have upgraded since then by now.